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Clooney Restaurant

33 Sale Street | Freeman's Bay, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9 3581702
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Ranked #11 of 1,192 restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $90
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In October 2006 owner Tony Stewart in collaboration with Fearon Hay Architects transformed a derelict warehouse space into a spectacular dining room, creating a completely unique dining experience. The beautiful restaurant once only a concrete frame and block work warehouse, has been reinterpreted to showcase how a marriage of materials comes together to create one harmonious restaurant and bar space. The curvaceous forms, luxurious fabrics and fine textures complete the design and create a space that is sophisticated, sleek and elegant. Design elements complement each other without the need to conceal. The space and materials communicate this to each other and complete the design without overpowering one or the other. All design elements come together evoking a feeling of belongingness while providing intimacy within a magnificent interior.The food, like the design is classic yet undeniably modern.Chef Harris’ cuisine melds the tradition of classical with a contempory approach to ingredients and technique, showing clever techniques and use of ingredients used to stimulate the palate and the memory rather than confuse the mind.The flavours are clean, precise and modern, his dishes are continually in progress, reflecting seasonality, inspiration and evolution.Numerous awards over the past six years have sung the praises of Clooney and their consistency to outstanding cuisine, service and dining experience.Clooney restaurant is located in Freemans Bay Auckland, New Zealand, is owned by Tony Stewart and was designed by Fearon Hay Architects. A relaxed but dynamic dining experience that’s deeply rooted within Auckland’s progressive dining scene.
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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We went with a group of 8 for a 5 course tasting menu. The ambience is gorgeous - very sleek/industrial. But what really stood out for me was the professionalism of the wait staff and the whole experience. The staff were just lovely, friendly and knowledgable but not obtrusive. We had a delicious king fish amuse and bread with delicious... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Did the 5 course degustation as didn't have time for the 7 course option. We couldn't fault any course with each bringing amazing flavour and creativity. American waitress was very friendly providing in depth commentary on each dish and great recommendations on the wine matching. The pineapple cheesecake desert thing was one of the best deserts I've ever had. Like... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

it is a best restaurant in AKL ... food was amazing and tremendous atmosphere ..i will definitely come again with my friends...it was really good experience thanks..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My first dining experience at Clooney and it was a total taste sensation! Fabulous interior fit out. The atmosphere and service were excellent! 😃

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

When a restaurant wins as many awards and nominations as Clooneys you know the food and service will be excellent, which it was. My only comment beyond this was that they have gone to a lot of effort to segment the room with some really nice screen net curtains. However we were next to a window overlooking a courtyard full... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We have been twice before and all good. This time however was beyond belief. Very bad atmosphere. Main served with out main ingredient! That's a first. Also forgot a dish and took ages to produce it. Food was horrible. We made no complaint (lot of sympathy for wait staff). Then charged over $200 extra (we always do a rough estimate).... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

An outstanding culinary experience. Faultless service, amazing sommelier, well placed tables- could not hear conversation at surrounding tables and music not too loud-yes you could talk to each other without difficulty- a dining rarity. We had the five course degustation with a mix of meat and vegetarian courses. Well thought out food with fantastic textures and intelligent flavours. We would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We came here for my birthday and it was an incredible meal. We opted for the a la carte but there is also a degustation menu which looked amazing as well. I started with scallops and duck ham which I could happily eat three times a day for the rest of my life and my boyfriend had venison carpaccio which... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

If you are reading TripAdvisor reviews because you are thinking of going to Clooney I suggest you spend no further time here but get online to http://www.clooney.co.nz and make a reservation! You will not be disappointed. The food is exceptional, thoughtfully created and beautifully presented. The inclusion of foam of some sort or another on every dish is somewhat odd... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My partner and I had the 7 course degustation menu with a wine match and it was phenomenal. The venue itself is really cool, the table spacing means you have some privacy and the curtain style gives you the feeling of intimacy whilst not being enclosed. You sense a cool buzz, it's neither too loud nor quiet. Seating is very... More

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